5 big Rats in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 4blackhens, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. 4blackhens

    4blackhens New Egg

    Aug 1, 2008
    We have some nigh time rats who come and party in the run at night and eat the food.

    We open the coop during the day and they somehow sneak in there, tunnel in there. I have been putting compost in there for the chickens to eat but i guess that is a bad idea.

    My husband wants to poison the rats, I am worried the poison will somehow be eaten by the chickens even if we are careful (put the chickens away, put the poison out and make sure it is all away before the chickens come back)

    What do we do about the rats?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Call your local feed store, they will have some rat poison.

    Get some PVC tubes, something only the rats can get into and not the hens. Cover the rat poison with peanut butter they love that.

    Make certain that the rats are nesting nowhere near your home.

    Dead rats stink.
  3. brandywine

    brandywine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    I've had luck live-trapping them.

    A snap-trap for a rat is powerful enough to really hurt a chicken, and I have a strong aversion to using poison around domestic animals, even if it's well-secured. Accidents happen.

    Rat-sized live traps are not too expensive, and can be re-used forever.
  4. keystonepaul

    keystonepaul Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    The sticky flat traps are what I caught the bulk of my rats on. I also caught them by putting the snap traps on thier travel roots- when I saw them scurrying back to the holes they made in the garage roof. sometimes i had to wire the traps securly to the garage rails, etc, but the trap shy ones got caught. Didn't take long to have no noticable rats- no droppings, etc. I also put the poison bait in select places also. Good luck, Keystonepaul
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    When I see signs of rodents in the coop, I lock a cat in with the chickens every night for a few days. My barn cats clean up the problem in no time, and they don't bother the birds.
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please check the vent areas of your birds to see they have not been rat-bitten and possibly left with gaping wounds and infections....so sorry to hear you ar dealing with a tough problem...and I hope you have found the tunnels and entry points...

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